The Chicago Freedom School is excited to present Jessica Havens, a new facilitator for the White Folks and Racial Justice training series.
This series continues a long tradition of white ally work at the Chicago Freedom School, aiming to empower white folks in the fight for racial justice in an informed and accountable fashion. Jessica brings a wealth of experience working as a white ally in the Chicago community, and we are happy to have her lead our next training on Saturday, June 15th. Visit our training page to sign up for the next session while space lasts!
Jessica is a homegrown Chicago educator, feminist, cultural worker and racial justice cheerleader who works to integrate love and mindfulness into her social justice work. She has worked for almost ten years in Chicago as a youth educator at Project Exploration, Kenwood Academy, the Multicultural Arts School and Francis W Parker School. Her many professional hats have included: a waitress, a Spanish teacher, a union representative, social justice youth advocate and public education activist. In her current journey of working with white youth and adults around race and racism, work that was inspired by anti-racist feminists/womanists, she believes in a heart-based approach that involves deep patience, storytelling, and a willingness for critical self-reflection. Outside of teaching and social justice work, Jessica can’t live without dance, people she loves, travel, avocadoes, or a sense of humor.